During treatment of your pet, a veterinarian may need to use pet anesthesia to allow proper positioning for the procedure and to prevent pain to your animal. Anesthesia drugs are carefully administered to ensure both the safety and effectiveness of your beloved companion. At Augusta Animal Clinic in Indianapolis, IN, we offer anesthesia for our patients undergoing common veterinary procedures.

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When Is Pet Anesthesia Needed?

Veterinarians generally require anesthesia for procedures that involves invasive surgery. Blood tests and other testing will be performed to ensure your pet is healthy enough to have the procedure and to detect any problems what might affect the anesthesia. Pet owners must withhold food and water before the procedure, to prevent vomiting that can be inhaled into the lungs.

Safety of Pet Anesthesia Drugs

Many pet owners express concerns about having their pets put under anesthesia. They may even put off important procedures like teeth cleaning because they fear the effects of the anesthesia on their pets. Although anesthesia always has some risk, problems are very rare, accounting for only one case in every 100,000 procedures. Your vet will carefully determine the amount of anesthesia being used before the surgery. During the procedure, your animal will be carefully monitored in order to make certain that he or she is receiving the proper amount of anesthesia and to prevent discomfort. After the procedure, your furry friend will be carefully evaluated to ensure the anesthesia is wearing off normally.

Pet Owners Can Ensure the Safety of Pets after Anesthesia

After a procedure in which anesthesia is used, you should keep your pet in a quiet area of the home to fully recover. Residual effects from the anesthesia may make your animal sleepy for a few hours. Keep him or her indoors and separated from other pets until he or she is fully recovered, for maximum safety.